Here’s how you might spend Tuesday, November 29—the second day of the weeklong event.
As soon as you pass through the entry gate to the Tama Campus Central Library, you’ll be struck by the displays of traditional costumes and crafts from indigenous Mexican people. There will also be books and photo collections featuring Mexican literature, history, culture, art, and the history of Japan-Mexico relations, with recommendations from Professors specializing in Mexico and Latin American studies, so be sure to stop by and look through the materials for yourself. In the International Documents Room, located in the back right of the library, you can enjoy a special collection of materials on Mexican World Heritage sites, provided mostly by UNESCO.
Once you’ve had your fill of Mexican culture, head to the Hilltop where you’ll have a chance to sample Mexican dishes in the student cafeteria—available only during International Week.
When you’ve satisfied your hunger, it’s time to leave the Hilltop and head to the Central Plaza, where a special Lucha Libre ring will be set up for the day. Lucha Libre is a Mexican form of professional wrestling whose name means “free fight.” You definitely don’t want to miss the tag match scheduled for 12:30–1:30 PM. A team of Japanese wrestlers who trained in Mexico, Secret Base, will put on a spectacular demonstration of their techniques
. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to experience some of the Mexican-style training for yourself.
Once your interaction with the wrestlers comes to a heartbreaking end, it will be time to head out to Building #8, where a Japanese company will give a talk starting at 1:20 PM. The speaker will be Kazuyoshi Higuchi, Executive Vice President of Kiriu Corporation and Assistant to General Manager for Automotive Division No.1, Sumitomo Corporation. Mr. Higuchi lived in Mexico for more than sixteen years, and will speak about what leadership means in terms of understanding and working in another culture. For our current generation of students, who are destined to work either overseas (perhaps in Mexico) or in some kind of international environment—whether they want to or not—this lecture is an absolute must. (It is so important that Mr. Higuchi will be giving the same talk at the Korakuen Campus as well.)
Your intellectual curiosity now heightened, so you may want to visit the co-op shops to learn even more about Mexico. Related books, essential seasonings for Mexican cooking, and much more will be offered at the Mexico Fair shopping event. You can even purchase Secret Base goods as well.
The other days of International week will be filled with a variety of events as well, and the general public is welcome to attend free of charge. Don’t miss out on the fun!